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Feb 072014

What was once derided as a ridiculous, cartoonish concept – even by its own director until his wife told him to not judge a book by its title – the original Robocop has steadily become an apex of spectacle as intelligent, insightful and scathing brilliance. Not to over-hype it, but Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop is a masterpiece of pop-punk sledgehammer cinema that rips to the chase & makes myths of everyday nightmares of post-modernity. Back in 1987 it felt far-flung yet aptly present. Revisited now, it represents a shockingly emotional rage with & against the machine, filled with a bizarre sense of post-human humour that understood the zeitgeist of the modern world better than most.

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